Unity National School
Founded on Healing Prayer
Unity began in the late 1880s when co-founder, Myrtle Fillmore, discovered the power within ourselves to heal. For most of her life Myrtle had been suffering many symptoms, that today we might call irritable bowel syndrome, asthma, migraines, arthritis, anxiety, as well as other things, that in her day, would have been “lumped together” and labeled as “tuberculosis.”
Myrtle was a sickly child, and grew up in a family that “passed these ailments down” from one generation to another by telling Myrtle that her aunt had suffered such-and-such, or whatever was ailing her was the same thing her grandfather suffered with. As an adult she had been told she would not live to old age. Then she attended a lecture by physician Dr. Eugene B. Weeks when he was giving a class in Kansas City, Missouri in 1886.
She heard within herself the affirmation, “As a child of God, I do not inherit sickness.” She had tried everything to heal but to no avail until she started a regular practice of thinking and talking to her body in a different way. This launched her on her journey of affirmative prayer in order to embody and demonstrate healing and wholeness – it was also the beginning of Unity.
Mastery of these universal Truth principles is the basis of UnityInstead of thinking about herself as sick and her body as weak, Myrtle began to think of herself as whole. She started with forgiveness - she forgave herself for thinking unkind thoughts about her body and mind, she forgave herself for complaining about how her body didn't work well, and forgave her judgments about failures as a parent and wife - she began to think of herself as whole. She then began to praise her body and she said, over time, she could feel the cells in her body waking up.
Myrtle was disciplined in this practice, she devoted several hours each day to this affirmative prayer practice. Myrtle also shifted her diet, she listened to her body and God consciousness – what we might call our Higher Self – and ate foods that encouraged health and wholeness.
In doing this, she discovered a great truth – that there is an intelligence in the very cells of our bodies that responds to our thoughts and feelings. In the first few years of her disciplined practice she healed herself of many ailments and symptoms, as well as her critical, self-condemnation, and for the next 45 years she and her husband, Charles, taught others the principles behind her healing.
Charles and Myrtle Fillmore discovered, for themselves, that these universal laws, or principles, apply to every area of life. They saw that these principles are called God, Spirit or Divine in religion, or space in science. They dedicated themselves to helping people understand the great power that lies within each and every person. As their wisdom and knowledge grew so too did the movement. People all over the world were being helped and their lives transformed by understanding and applying the principles.
Unity National School is a continuation of these teachings
Our thoughts and feelings create our world, and we have an inherent capacity to heal, individually and collectively.
If you feel pulled to live a more meaningful and abundant life, take a look at the workshops and classes we offer.
Over time many lessons they taught were written down and there is now a great body of material available both from the Fillmores and others who followed. The Fillmores never intended to start a new religion. They were teaching what they called “practical Christianity.” Charles Fillmore spoke in one of his lessons that it was not a new religion, nor a religious fad, but points out what is real and true in any religion.
All classes, webinars, and workshops are offered on a free-will love offering basis. People who enter the program with a view to becoming a Licensed Unity Teacher or Minister pay a registration fee for each class. There are currently 22 classes in this program. It provides the foundation for those wishing to become Licensed Unity Teachers or ministers. UNS for Australia and New Zealand provides all 22 classes plus other webinars and workshops.
Unity National School for Australia and New Zealand was established by the Association of Australasian Unity Leaders, Inc. and is proud to be part of the worldwide Unity movement.
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